The bone structure of the nose can be related to that of a frame tent – if we wish to reduce the height of the “ridge”, then the sides must be also reduced and brought together to create a new ridge – this will not affect the skin surface which will shrink back on the new frame very well.The lower part of the nose is made up of cartilage and if your nose tip needs to be reduced, a part of this cartilage will be removed. This is carried out at the same time as any corrective bonework and is usually without visible scarring. If your nose is deviated or bent you may be offered a Septo-Rhinoplasty to straighten the nose. An augmentation nose job is performed to build up the nose in the case of a flattened bridge or a weak nose tip. Your Surgeon will examine your nose and advise you on the most appropriate operation. The operation will be carried out under a General Anaesthetic and take approximately 2 hours. You will need to stay in hospital for 1 night and wear a splint over your nose for 7 days. It is advisable to refrain from working for 7-10 days and avoid contact/impact sports for 3-6 months. There will be numbness, bruising and swelling after the surgery. Numbness and swelling will gradually resolve but may take several months. Bruising will be greatly reduced by the time you return to work at 10-14 days.

Before your surgery
Apart from being free of any infection to your nose or throat, there are no specific guidelines for Rhinoplasty. However, it is very important that you are sure of the changes you are trying to make and that you explain these as fully as possible to your Surgeon – you will need to have realistic expectations, particularly with Rhinoplasty, and your Surgeon will tell you what is possible.